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stony

or stoney

[stoh-nee] /ˈstoʊ ni/
adjective, stonier, stoniest.
1.
full of or abounding in stones or rock:
a stony beach.
2.
pertaining to or characteristic of stone.
3.
resembling or suggesting stone, especially in its hardness.
4.
unfeeling; merciless; obdurate:
a stony heart.
5.
motionless or rigid; without expression, as the eyes or a look:
a hard, stony stare.
6.
petrifying; stupefying:
stony fear.
7.
having a stone or stones, as fruit.
8.
Slang. stone-broke.
Origin of stony
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English stānig. See stone, -y1
Related forms
stonily, adverb
stoniness, noun
unstonily, adverb
unstoniness, noun
unstony, adjective
Synonyms
1. rocky, pebbly. 4. adamant, hard, flinty, pitiless, inflexible, unbending.
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  • The ground is stony, and scarce any thing but gravel, mixt with a little earth.

    The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
  • But it was stony Mountain that was of most importance to the British.

  • At this time, young Dunlap was introduced to the stony paths of playwriting.

    Andr William Dunlap
  • His horrible pleading fell on stony ears, and he changed his tune.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • To his further remonstrances she interposed a stony silence.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
British Dictionary definitions for stony

stony

/ˈstəʊnɪ/
adjective stonier, stoniest
1.
of or resembling stone
2.
abounding in stone or stones
3.
unfeeling, heartless, or obdurate
4.
short for stony-broke
Derived Forms
stonily, adverb
stoniness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stony
adj.

Old English stanig; see stone (n.) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for stony

stony

adjective

Especially good; super (1980s+ Teenagers)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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